Hull KR 'have got to switch on fast' after slow start against Catalan, says George Griffin
GEORGE Griffin admits Hull KR need to be more switched on from the start following a harsh lesson in their opening 32-24 defeat to Catalan.
Guilty of playing at a slow tempo in the opening exchanges, Rovers allowed the Dragons to race into a 26-2 lead just after the interval.
Although the 21-year-old couldn't pinpoint the reason why, he insists his side have to learn quickly to avoid slipping to a second defeat at Wakefield on Saturday.
Griffin told the Mail: "With the scoreline as it was at half-time, it was tough to come back, especially against a side like Catalan.
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"Sandy had a word with us at half-time and told us where we were going wrong, and we tried to put it right as best as we could. But we gave ourselves too big a mountain to climb.
"We can't afford to give them the ball in the way we did with errors. If we do, eventually they are going to roll over the top of us.
"We are going to have to start better and maintain that in the second half.
"I don't know why we started so slow. Maybe we had the wrong attitude, but we all know we need to start better."
To their credit, Rovers battled hard in the second period and scored four tries to make things interesting going into the final 10 minutes.
But Brent Webb's 74th-minute try put paid to the Rovers revival and Griffin is predicting a tough week in training as they look to iron out their defensive problems.
"We've beaten ourselves up, but we'll work on those things and hopefully improve," added Griffin, who started at loose forward.
"As a team we aren't too happy with our first-half performance.
"We came out fighting in the second half and proved that we could get on top of their big pack.
"We have to learn to start like that in the future.
"But we won't be underestimating Wakefield. They'll come out fighting the same way as we are.
"They will want the two points as much as we do."
GREG Eden failed to recover from a hamstring injury in time for yesterday's match, but he may return to face Wakefield.
"We will monitor Greg during the week and keep our fingers crossed," said coach Craig Sandercock, who also saw Rhys Lovegrove leave the ground on crutches.